Floral Arranging with Frolic: Week 2

garden roses, dahlia, wild orchid, lemon leaf, tiny violets, and a smattering of stems that my mom clipped for me from her garden

Week two of flower arranging was absolutely impossible for me!  The homework assignment was to recreate a Wild English bouquet that looked effortless.  There was nothing effortless about this.  My arrangement definitely looks wild, and I ended up loving all the bright, bold colors.  But it’s not an arrangement that would be adorning a side-table on an old English estate (yes that’s where I pictured Chelsea’s whimsical bouquet to be).  I think I needed more soft greens and perhaps a slightly different vase…and lots of practice.  I also may or may not have thrown some old blooms to the floor halfway through in a minor fit of frustration.  Whoops.  Regardless, I’m learning a lot!


Floral Arranging with Frolic! : Week 1

I’m taking an online Floral Arranging class during the month of May via Nicole’s Classes!  Chelsea Fuss of Frolic! is teaching the class and it’s an absolute blast!  Week one was about flower selection and preparation (or as my guy friends have dubbed it “Petal Theory and Thorn Removal 304”) followed by instruction on a hand-tied bouquet and an aqua pack for keeping thirsty flowers fresh. Chelsea, who I have learned is clearly an arranging pro, walks students through the class with a series of videos each week.  Below are my photos from week 1.  I’m assuming I’ll be giving up my amateur status by the end of week 4…

My finished product!

my finished product!

I used peonies, lemon leaf, hyacinth, and larkspur.  Goal number one was accomplishing the task of putting together an entire bouquet by holding all the flowers in my left hand while adding to the arrangement with my right.  I felt like a two year old trying to color with one hand and hold every other crayon in the box with the other.

view from above

view from above

Goal number two was spiraling the stems so the bouquet could stand on its own…success!

she stands!

she stands!

“Best friend isn’t a person Danny”

The season finale of The Mindy Project was last week, and as usual Mindy Kaling absolutely nailed it (side note, check out this awesome article from back in September).  That closing scene had me FREAKING OUT, and thus I felt the need to reflect on some of my favorite Mindy-Danny moments.   And while M-D scenes are obviously hilarious, I realized that I oftentimes find myself taking a step back from a scene and actually agreeing with the crazy caricature who is Dr. Lahiri.


The episode featuring this one-liner aired back in January, and while it’s clearly a crack at the oftentimes complicated (read: absurd) nature of female friendships, I think it’s simultaneously an insightful observation on her part.  I have “best-friendships” with a few people, and these ladies are my lifeblood.  They’re always up for a fun, new activity.  They remind me that it’s okay to not have found my dream career yet.  They order late-night mac & cheese takeout from the bar across the street with me.  They help me manage so many different aspects of my life.  And I do my best to reciprocate all of their wonderfulness.  Each friend has her refreshing perspective, so I learn from and am inspired by my ‘tier’ day-in and day-out.  Plus, if one best friend needs a shoulder to cry on while I simultaneously need advice, I’m able to hold her up because I can in turn lean on someone else with whom I have an intimate friendship.

So to sum it up: 1) Mindy, you’re spot on. The title of best friend is no longer reserved for the person who holds the ‘best’ charm to your ‘friend.’ And 2)  Having a circle of best friends, and in turn being a part of their circles, is vitally important in my life.

My First Post!

Hello and welcome! Thanks so much for checking out A Daily Dose of Vitamin D, a lifestyle blog coming to you from the beautiful city of Boston.   This blog was born out of my need for a creative outlet, and I’m so excited to be blogging about (eclectic) topics that bring me joy.  The nickname Vitamin D comes from Bostonian friends who were struggling to pronounce my name, Dariel, when we first met.  It happens all.the.time.  And rather than constantly correct people when they fumble over the pronunciation, I tend to prefer nicknames.  Vitamin D is far and away my favorite* because it makes me think of sunshine and happiness (though I can assure you that’s not what the guys who came up with it were thinking).  I hope this blog is enjoyable, or maybe even inspirational, for others to read.  I’ll be posting a few times a week, and maybe more as I become more efficient in the blogosphere!

*Darrel comes in as a close second, but is much less conducive to witty blog names.